Portland events calendar for August 2017. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend street fairs, kids activities, and free entertainment in Portland, Oregon.

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August 2017
August 2017

Enjoy the best Portland events, festivals, and things to do with this calendar of events.

Distance is from Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland, Oregon.

Movies on a rooftop

August 1 - 24, 2017 (begins July 13)

0.5 miles NW

See films on a rooftop at Top Down: Rooftop Cinema Thursdays at the Hotel deLuxe, with local bands, cocktails, beer, and barbecue. No pets.

Concerts in the square

August 1 - 29, 2017 (Tuesdays at noon)

0 miles

Hear concerts at the popular Noon Tunes Summer Concert Series in Pioneer Courthouse Square on Tuesdays. Free.

Concerts on Main Street

August 2 - 30, 2017 (Wednesdays from July 5)

0.2 mile SW

Hear local musicians play funky soul to old-school country Wednesdays at Music on Main Street next to Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Free.

Indie roots music festival

August 3 - 6, 2017

17 miles SE

Pickathon offers a large lineup of diverse music (indie/roots, garage rock, folk, alternative country, bluegrass) on Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley, with food vendors and camping. It also promotes ecology and recycling. No pets.

Crawfish festival

August 4 - 5, 2017

13 miles south

Tualatin Crawfish Festival has a cook-off, eating contests, Saturday parade & run & dog show, weekend beer & wine, a kids’ zone, and stage shows.

Movies in the square

August 4 - 18, 2017 (Fridays from July 21)

0 miles

Flicks on the Bricks shows films at Pioneer Courthouse Square at dusk, preceded by music at 7:30 p.m. Free.

Japanese festival

August 5, 2017

3.5 miles SE

Obonfest commemorates ancestors with Obon dance, lanterns, children’s booths, Japanese food, beer, and sake at Oregon Buddhist Temple. Free entry.

Fremont Fest

August 5, 2017

4.5 miles NE

Fremont Street is closed from 41st to 49th for Fremont Fest, including a 10 a.m. Kids Bike & Pet Parade, music stages, a kids’ zone, and 125 vendors.

Air and vehicle show

August 5, 2017

23 miles NW

See airplanes, cars, motorcycles, and military vehicles at Wings & Wheels, which includes a 16K race, a street dance, music, food vendors, a beer garden, and kids’ activities at Scappoose Industrial Airpark. Donation.

Minerals festival

August 5 - 6, 2017

16 miles NW

Rice Northwest Museum Summer Festival includes educational games, gold panning, jewelry & fossil vendors, exhibits, a visit from the Flintstone vehicle, live music, and food in Hillsboro.

Green living fair

August 5 - 6, 2017

68 miles south

Learn about sustainable lifestyles, renewable energy, organic gardening, small-scale farming, and green construction at Mother Earth News Fair in Albany.

Oregon Trail 5K

August 6, 2017

12.9 miles south

The Oregon Trail Game 5K is a scenic run through Oregon City with challenges along the way.

Bite of Oregon

August 11 - 13, 2017

0.5 mile east

Taste the best of Oregon food, beer, and wine at the Bite of Oregon, which includes entertainment and a cooking competition at Tom McCall Waterfront Park south of Morrison Bridge. Friday is least crowded.

Vancouver Brewfest

August 11 - 13, 2017

9 miles north

Vancouver Brewfest has locally brewed beer, wine, cider, food, live music, and craft vendors at Esther Short Park. Requires age 21 ID. Repeats in March. Sign into Facebook to see their Facebook page.

Garlic festival

August 11 - 13, 2017

19 miles NW

Elephant Garlic Festival features garlic-flavored foods, arts and crafts, and live music in North Plains. Free.

Alberta Street Fair

August 12, 2017

4 miles NE

Alberta Street Fair focuses on local products, artists, crafts, and foods. It includes an 11 a.m. kids’ parade, a kids’ corner, a beer garden, and three stages of entertainment.

Bike or walk the bridges

August 13, 2017

Portland locations

Bridge Pedal is a 5-mile walk or 3 to 37 mile ride with stunning views from Portland bridges. Register early, and bring a helmet.

India Festival

August 13, 2017

0 miles

Experience the sights, sounds, and tastes of India at India Festival, with performances, food, and vendors at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Free entry.

Hillsboro farm dinner

August 18, 2017 (5:30 to 8:30 p.m.)

Location uncertain

The $95 Farm Fresh dinner features locally grown food, wine, and live music in Hillsboro.

Barbecue and tractor pull

August 18 - 20, 2017

27 miles NW

Banks Bar-B-Que and Tractor Pull includes tractor & truck pulls, BBQ sandwiches, a beer garden, parade, and a combine demolition derby in Banks. No pets.

Solar eclipse parties

August 18 - 21, 2017

Madras & Salem

Buy a ticket for a solar viewing party held in the path of the two-minute total solar eclipse. (Staring at the sun without a special viewer will damage your eyes.)
  • Aug. 18 - 21 Eclipse Festival offers parking, food vendors, music, camping, and often clearer skies in Madras than western Oregon.
  • Aug. 19 - 21 Oregon Solarfest at Oregon Gardens has live music and food vendors in Silverton.
  • Aug. 21 OMSI Solar Eclipse Viewing Party includes science lectures, entertainment, astronomy groups, and a special viewer to wear in Salem.

Adult soapbox derby

August 19, 2017

5 miles east

Watch adults in bizarre gravity-powered vehicles race downhill at Mt. Tabor City Park to win awards at the annual PDX Adult Soap Box Derby.

Doll and teddy bear show

August 19, 2017

11 miles SE

Shop for dolls, bears, and miniatures at Crossroads Doll & Teddy Bear Show at Monarch Hotel in Clackamas. Repeats in Jan.

Spirits festival

August 19 - 20, 2017

Downtown Portland

Buy signature cocktails from vendors and food from 20 booths at Spiritsfest at Waterfront Park. Free entry.

People in the street

August 20, 2017

Located 1.8 miles east

Walk, bike, or roller-skate on 7 miles of streets during Southeast Portland Sunday Parkways when most cars are banned. Nearby parks offer activities and music. Free.

Solar eclipse

August 21, 2017

60 miles south

Day will turn to night for up to two minutes when a Total Solar Eclipse rolls across parts of Oregon, including Newport, Salem, Albany, and Madras. The starting time & duration vary by city. Watching the sun without a special viewer will damage your eyes. Free.

Italian festival

August 24 - 26, 2017

0 miles

Festa Italiana offers live music, pizza tossing, grape stomping, Italian food, a wine and beer garden, and vendors in Pioneer Courthouse Square. Free entry.

Relay to the Pacific Ocean

August 25 - 26, 2017

Located 7 or 62 miles SE

Hood to Coast Relay is a 198-mile relay of 12,000 runners from Mt. Hood’s Timberline Lodge. Portland To Coast Walk Relay is a 129-mile relay of 4,000 walkers from Portland. Both end at an ocean party.

Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival

August 25 - 27, 2017

9 miles north

Drink wine, listen to jazz, and shop from arts and crafts booths at Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival [sound] at Esther Short Park in Vancouver, WA.

Fairy festival

August 25 - 27, 2017

25 miles NW

Faerieworlds is billed as the world’s largest faerie festival and features costumed faeries, music, entertainment, a food court, and 150 vendors of art, literature, and crafts at Horning’s Hideout in North Plains.


August 26 - 27, 2017

0.5 miles east

MusicfestNW is a music festival with 18 acts and food vendors at Tom McCall Waterfront Park for age 21+.

Dahlia Festival

August 26 - 28 and Sept. 2 - 4, 2017

26 miles south

View 400 floral arrangements of dahlias indoors, 40 acres of dahlias outdoors, and dahlia growing and arranging demos at the Dahlia Festival at Swan Island Dahlias in Canby. See schedule. Free.

Hawthorne Street Fair

August 27, 2017 (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)

2.5 miles east

Hawthorne Street Fair has vendors, family activities, beer gardens, and live music on the sidewalks of SE Hawthorne Blvd., mostly from 31st to 41st. Free.

Church festival

August 2017 (undated)

0 miles

Portland area churches offer singing and music, vendors, food, and family activities at International Praise Festival, Pioneer Courthouse Square. Free.

Concerts in the Park

August 2017 (undated)

Portland parks

Bring a blanket or chairs to hear a variety of Concerts in the Park. Free.

See separate page for Aug. 4 to 7 in Washington Park.

Movies in the Park

August 2017 (undated)

Portland parks

Movies in the Park begin with entertainment at 6:30 followed by movies at dusk. Bring coats. Free.

Bette Davis & Joan Crawford films

August 2017 (undated)

0.5 miles SW

Bette & Joan is a film festival featuring the two feuding Hollywood stars at Portland Art Museum.


August 2017 (undated)

0.5 miles NE

Welcome to Burlesque Tour features top burlesque performers demonstrating their sultry art form on the stage at Dante’s.

Hot Sauce Expo

August 2017 (undated)

1.2 miles SE

Portland Hot Sauce Expo has hot and spicy food vendors, craft beer, eating contests, and a Chihuahua beauty contest at 1 p.m. Sat. in the OMSI parking lot.

Seaport Celebration

August 2017 (undated)

2.8 miles NE

See Portland’s working waterfront, explore interactive exhibits, hear live music, buy food from vendors, visit a kids’ zone, and take a $10 jet-boat tour during Seaport Celebration at 3556 NW Front Avenue. Adults require ID. Free.

Zoo concerts

August 2017 (undated)

3 miles west

Oregon Zoo Summer Concerts feature world-class performers and include a same-day zoo pass.

Art among roses

August 2017 (undated)

4 miles north

See works by 36 local artists on display at Art in the Rose Garden at Peninsula Park. Free.

Short-film winners

August 2017 (undated)

4 miles NE

The 48 Hour Film Project gives teams 2 days to make short films. See the best results at Hollywood Theatre.

Wine tasting

August 2017 (undated)

6 miles SW

Taste 35 Northwest wines paired with sweet and savory bites at Vine & Dine in Multnomah Village.

Giant music concert

August 2017 (undated)

7 miles north

Hear 90 bands play alternative rock, pop-punk, hip-hop, electronica, and hardcore at Warped Tour in the Portland Expo Center parking lot. Gates open 10:30.

Car & boat show

August 2017 (undated)

8 miles south

The Collector Car & Classic Boat Show is spread over three locations in Lake Oswego. Free.

Dancing in the moonlight

August 2017 (undated)

11.7 miles south

See an illuminated outdoor performance “full of traditional and invented aerial apparatus, athletic and technical dance movement, and acrobatics” at Art in the Dark at Mary S. Young Park in West Linn.

Fossil festival

August 2017 (undated)

16 miles NW

Learn about fossils at Northwest Fossil Fest, which features lectures, displays, kids’ activities, and free entry to Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks & Minerals.

Air show

August 2017 (undated)

17 miles west

Wear sunscreen at the Oregon International Air Show, featuring airplanes up close and in the air, aerobatics, skydivers, a kids’ zone, beer garden, fireworks Fri., jet shows Sat. & Sun., and 5K Sun. at Hillsboro Airport.

Music & food festival

August 2017 (undated)

20 miles east

Soulful Giving Blanket Concert features live music, gourmet food, Oregon wine & beer, and vendors on 15 acres of meadows & forest near the Sandy River for age 21+.

Jazz in a vineyard

August 2017 (undated)

23.3 miles south

Hear seven Portland artists perform in the country, with wine, beer, and food for sale at Aurora Colony Vineyards Jazz Festival in Aurora.

Wine tasting in Forest Grove

August 2017 (undated)

27 miles west

Forest Grove UnCorked features local wineries, artisan distilleries, micro-breweries, fine arts, and live music on Main Street in Forest Grove.

Farm food festival

August 2017 (undated)

30 miles SW

Enjoy meals, tours, outings, and classes that feature local farms, chefs, and wineries during the highly acclaimed Bounty of Yamhill County.

Tasting in Salem

August 2017 (undated)

46 miles south

Pairings offers fine food, wine, micro-brews, spirits, and music in the gardens of the Salem fairgrounds. Includes admission to the fair.

Bluegrass music

August 2017 (undated)

51 miles SE

Oregon Bluegrass Association’s Picker’s Fest offers music in the mountains and optional camping at Zigzag Mountain Farm in Rhododendron.

Country music festival

August 2017 (undated)

90 miles south

Willamette Country Music Festival features big-name country music singers in the open air in Brownsville.

Spiritual music festival

August 2017 (undated)

137 miles SW

Beloved Festival is an “open-air sacred art and music festival” with dozens of acts and yoga in Tidewater.

Oregon State Fair

August 2017 (undated)

49 miles south

See farm animals and craft displays, eat fair food, drink local beer and wine, take carnival rides, and be entertained at the Oregon State Fair in Salem.
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